We went on a quick trip to Washington, DC, this weekend, primarily for a holiday dinner for the husband's job. Among sightseeing, meeting up with friends and various wonderful meals we managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the US Botanic Garden with its impeccably maintained greenhouse plantings. As always there was a lot to see, so here are just a few snapshots:
A picture-perfect cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) laden with fruit in the entrance hall
A big pot full of a Hippeastrum cultivar
One of many Paphiopedilum hybrids on display
A very delicate white Oncidium
A lovely Cyclamen mirabile
The garden was busier than on any of my previous visits. It being a weekend close to the holidays there were lots of families with children, escaping the freezing temperatures outside and looking at the seasonal Christmas-themed displays. It made for a less peaceful experience, but it was also nice to see so many people and especially kids admire and get excited about plants.